The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak

May 29, 2012

Jozef Vinich was born in Colorado in 1899 to Slovak immigrants.  Following the tragic death of his mother, Jozef traveled with his father to Pennsylvania and then back to an impoverished shepherd’s life in rural Austria-Hungary.  When war comes Jozef enters the army where his sharpshooter skills soon become evident.  He battles the elements and the enemy in this war to end all wars.  The book, loosely based on the author’s ancestors, is filled with historical detail absent from many war novels.  This is a tale of family heartbreak, love, loss and survival, and graphically shows the personal impact of war on those who endure it.   This is a must-read for anyone interested in World War I.

Reviewed by Jed D.
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